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    FlareDragon2004 is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Default Macbook Pro or Dell Studio 17 for College

    I'm a high school senior stuck in between what type of noteboook to bring with me to a Pharmacy College.

    I like Windows, since I am really used to it. But I hate vistas. Because of Vistas, I am thinking about switching to Mac. So can someone fill me in on a mac vs windows on things like...

    -Web surfing (can I have multiple browsers at once.)
    -Directly downloading (Like Anime/Manga/music)
    -Azureus/Limewire (Can I run these)
    -Watching anime (finding+installing codecs. Can I use Media Player Classic)
    -Listening+recording music (Winamp? Can I rip sounds out of movies? Goldwave works on a mac?)
    -Can I run something like Guild Wars?
    -Can I save files on a windows formatted hard drive, then put the files on a windows computer?
    -Can I hook the Mac up to a computer Screen?
    -Can I run a program from windows on a Mac? (Like Narcissu from windows onto a mac, or Flash on windows to a mac.)
    -If I want to buy a newer mac, could I turn my old one in for a discount?

    and any other info can help. (Besides fanboy talk.)

    Thanks! ^-^

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    What do you hate about Vista?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jyuu View Post
    What do you hate about Vista?
    I had it for my desktop. (Dell)
    I bought a computer with 2gb ram with Vistas Home.
    Played Guild Wars with horrible lag on cable. Put out some more money to upgrade the ram, and I wasn't satified. I then ended up just bringing back Vistas to XP Pro. 100% faster.

    I attempted to connect my RP500 effects pedal to the newer computer while on Vistas. It works for 5 minutes, then bsod my ass. Reinstalled/total wip a few times of all the registry keys and so such only to have it happen again.
    I just keep to XP now.

    But that aside, I am just putting a large amount of consideration into a Macbook Pro. ($2000, and $500 extra for 4gb ram and the extended warrentee.)

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    When was that?

    Full specs of the desktop please.

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    Studio - Half a year old maybe less. Don't remember unless I dig up the receipt
    Intel Core 2 Quad Core 12 mb 2.83 ghz
    Vistas home
    Got 6gb of ram now
    240gb for HD 7200 rpm
    Video Card is GeForce 9800 GTX (I think.)
    Sound Card is A soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme gamer

    But either ways, I just would like to know those things about a MAc

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    No reason to switch to Mac when these issues can be solved.
    Switching to Mac will cause even more headaches.


    What you can and should do:
    Fresh Windows installation.
    Install newest drivers.
    Install latest updates.

    Unless you have tripped and fallen on your head when you were younger, there is no reason why Windows Vista won't provide optimal performance with such a hardware configuration.


    Question: Vista 64 or 32?

 

 

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